ISLAMABAD: The Indo-Pakistan War of 1965 saw the Indian and Pakistani Air Forces (PAF) engaged in large-scale aerial combat against each other for the first time since the independence of Pakistan and PAF also used its C-130 fleet as a bomber aircraft for air missions.
Initially the fighting was confined mainly to the ground but later, as the war progressed, the war took on another dimension as the two sides began air operations against each other.
The C-130 aircraft played an important role in the 1965 war and destroyed 17 Indian fighter jets and damaged 16 others during the air missions.
According to a documentary aired by a news channel, the then Air Marshal Nur Khan of Pakistan Air Force led the operation and also flew his aircraft.
The C-130 aircrafts after necessary modifications were used to give a befitting response to India.
The Air Marshal had also set an example by personally taking part in several air missions that kept the morale of the Air Force officers at an exceptionally higher level.
Air Marshal (R) Sardar Muhammad Asif said that C-130 aircrafts were used to destroy war related important locations inside India.
Recalling the history he said, “We were directed by the Air headquarter to target important bridge in India and the task was achieved without any trouble.”
Remembering another mission, he said that special guns were installed at the ramp of C-130 aircraft for Gilgit air mission to target the Indian aircraft.
Air Commodore Abdul Basit said Pakistan Air Force in 1965 war attacked the enemy in day and night missions without any problem.
The spirit of the whole nation during the war was remarkable, he said adding, the nation was united and the spirit of 1965 war still alive to deal with enemy’s aggression.
Sharing some moments, he said, the villagers were supplying food to the Pakistan troops and even the shopkeepers were not taking money and providing required commodities to the Jawans. –APP